How My Hindu Husband Became the Favorite Jewish Grandchild

By Jessica Melwani I’d been dating the man who’d eventually become my husband for about a year when my grandmother sat me down for a heart-to-heart. “I saw Aishwarya Rai on Oprah last week. You know, the Dollywood [she meant Bollywood] actress? Stunning girl!” Then came the truth bomb: “She told Oprah that your boyfriend already […]

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Breast Cancer and An Unexpected Spiritual Journey

By Melissa K. Rosen, Director of National Outreach for Sharsheret I went to Shabbat services this morning for the first time in months. My long absence wasn’t an intentional decision. In fact, I only became aware of the “decision” recently. A cancer diagnosis affects so much more than you think it will. Of course I expected the […]

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Embracing Our Differences

The following is a sermon I gave at Saint Elisabeth’s Church in Glencoe, Illinois, on February 22. Thank you for welcoming me so warmly into your community. What a blessing it has been to become involved with St. Elisabeth’s. I have spent my rabbinate these past eight years working with interfaith couples and families and […]

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Finding Common Ground When You Have Different Backgrounds

Often couples come from different backgrounds and it can be difficult to find common ground. But usually, if people have similar value systems, couples can work out compromises in their relationship. There are a variety of differences that affect a relationship. These differences make life interesting but sometimes differences cause conflict (and hopefully resolution). My […]

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Do parents need to present a united front…about God?

Many parents avoid being divided on issues big and small with our kids. We particularly try to present a united front about discipline, decision making and responsibilities and attempt to not get triangulated. But what about God? Do we need to believe the same thing, or at least tell our kids we do? My partner […]

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How to Talk to Your Kids about Adoption

Professional view from the Director of the Amet  Adoption Program and Infertility to Adoption Program giving pointers and guidelines on how and when to tell your kids that they are adopted.

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When We First Discover Our Religious and Cultural Differences

Personal narrative from a Protestant man married to a Jewish woman remembering how they first met as freshmen at college.

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Navigating Culture and History

The personal narrative of  Jewish woman who often felt the effects of cultural differences while growing up in predominately Christian neighborhood, but felt less cultural dissonance with her American-German husband who grew up in a Jewish neighbo

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